Events & News - August 2

Events of Interest to CSGA

Mitigation Working Group / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

Aug 2, 10 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Introduction to Drawdown / Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Aug 6, 7 PM - Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt

Annapolis Chapter Meeting / Citizens Climate Lobby

Aug 11, 12:30 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Study: Carbon-free electricity possible by 2050 | MPR News

A group of utilities, environmental groups and state regulators has released a plan for how states could meet all of their electricity needs without carbon emissions. The group says it can be achieved by midcentury.

Uranium leaked through floor of South Carolina nuclear plant - NationofChange

The leak comes as the Trump administration has promised to assist unprofitable nuclear and coal plants.

A new study shows in stunning visuals the impacts of surface coal mining in Eastern Kentucky | Lexington Herald Leader

Researchers from Duke University and the non-profits SkyTruth and Appalachian Voices released a study Wednesday showing the year-by-year impact of surface coal mining in Central Appalachia.

Meet the Retired Furniture Maker Fighting for Climate Justice—and Coal Miners' Well-Being—in West Virginia - Pacific Standard

Jim Probst has dedicated the last five years to building a climate movement that's equally concerned with local coal miners' well-being as it is with the consequences of coal mining itself.

Appeals court tosses major challenge to FERC eminent domain use --

An appeals court has halted a sweeping challenge to how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission uses eminent domain for natural gas pipelines.

Appeals court rejects Columbia nuns' religious-freedom lawsuit against Atlantic Sunrise pipeline |

The order of Roman Catholic nuns from Lancaster County who launched a freedom-of-religion lawsuit to fight a natural gas pipeline under construction through land they own were dealt another blow.

Ellen Gerhart, fighting pipeline on family’s land, jailed for allegedly violating court order | StateImpact Pennsylvania

Sunoco said the 63-year-old interfered with workers at the site, and should be held in contempt of court. Her daughter said the allegations are a form of retaliation.

Appeals Court Sides With Environmentalists In Pipeline Case | WVTF

An appeals court on Friday sided with environmentalists who challenged the decision by federal agencies to allow construction of a 300-mile natural gas pipeline on a swath of national forest.

Appeals court upholds Virginia's review of water quality impact of Mountain Valley Pipeline |

A federal appeals court has upheld Virginia’s water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, preserving a major milestone for the controversial project.

Rational Planning is Absent with Large High Pressure Pipelines in Steep & Rocky Terrain | Frack Check WV

The Awful Marcellus Pipeline Mess, Now With More Coming Soon.

Mariner East 2 permit appeals dropped but opponents still 'strongly resist' the project | TribLIVE

Three environmental groups have ended their appeals of state permits issued to Sunoco Pipeline LP for construction of the Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline.

The U.S. and Canada Are Preparing for a New Standing Rock Over the Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline | The Intercept

Managing the perceived security threat of Indigenous-led anti-pipeline movements has become a priority on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.

Judge says Dakota Access developer can't sue BankTrack | AP

A federal judge has ruled that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has no claim under federal racketeering law for damages against a Dutch environmental group.

Rick Perry cheers first natural gas export terminal on East Coast | Washington Examiner

Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday christened the first natural gas export terminal on the East Coast, at the Cove Point facility in Maryland outside of Washington.

Oil and gas industry warns of impacts of steel tariffs - Denver7

Only two things stand in the way of Colorado's shale boom, a proposed ballot measure to limit fracking, and President Trump's tariff on imported steel.

New York Fights Its Neighbors for Offshore Windmills - WSJ

All along the East Coast, politicians and economic development officials are pitching their communities as potential hubs for the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry.

Under the sea: Company to explore ocean floor off Maryland's coast to prepare for offshore wind plans - Baltimore Sun

Deepwater Wind is launching a survey of waters off Maryland and Delaware, to help it plan for its proposed 15-turbine Skipjack Wind Farm. The survey will detail the geology and biology along the coast, helping determine where wind turbines will be built.

Americans need answers on Trump’s pro-fossil fuels push - The Washington Post

Is climate change a “ratings killer,” or is something wrong with for-profit media? | Grist

Is 2018 the year that editors, producers, and talk show hosts figure out how to talk about climate change?

How Did the Climate Apocalypse Become Old News? | New York Magazine

This month, the world saw an unprecedented global heat wave, wildfires in the Arctic Circle – and virtually no headlines about climate change.

Ad industry supergroup forms to battle climate change | Fast Company

Potential Energy, a coalition of 17 ad agencies, convinced hundreds of U.S. students to donate 60 seconds of their graduation speech to climate change.

This May Be the Most Overlooked Threat of Climate Change | The New Republic

A new generation of authoritarian leaders are taking advantage of fears of global warming to seize power.

Climate change is supercharging a hot and dangerous summer - The Washington Post

Scientists point to the effects of global warming amid extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere.

Climate Signals | Wildfire Risk Increase

Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires through warmer temperatures and drier conditions that lengthen wildfire season, increase the chances of a fire starting, and help a burning fire spread. Warmer and drier conditions also contribute to the spread of the mountain pine beetle and other insects that can weaken or kill trees, building up the fuels in a forest.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan prepares statewide response to dam failure | Washington Examiner

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is mobilizing a massive statewide response to stave off a potential disaster from a dam breach that already has local officials organizing voluntary evacuations.

Solar project in Eastern Henrico gets green light from DEQ | The Henrico Citizen

20 MW project will supply enough electricity to power more than 5,000 homes

Hampton, Va.'s battle against sea-level rise could offer lessons for other coastal towns - The Washington Post

Hampton, Va., where land is sinking and sea is rising, looks for low-cost solutions.